Rarely has modern politics produced a leader with the eloquence of Barack Obama, when he sets out to define a pressing crisis.
Pope Francis has looked beyond the usual Vatican circles for new cardinals and overhauled the governance of the Vatican bank at the start of a year that heralds key reforms for the Roman Catholic Church.
Michelle Obama turns 50 on Friday as one of America's most respected women. But the popular first lady has yet to break free of the confines of one of the toughest jobs in politics.
Cars that park themselves, radar-guided safety sensors and infotainment systems with web access; automakers are competing for customers who now expect constant innovation.
American consumers have a taste for luxury and automakers are rushing to deliver by upgrading interiors, loading up on fancy features and expanding their offerings with stylish new models.
The trial of those accused of killing Lebanon's former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri provides a rare chance at justice for a country more used to impunity for political assassinations.
As Spain's royal family reels from scandals and its elderly king leans on crutches after numerous operations, one figure is standing tall, offering the monarchy hope: heir apparent Prince Felipe.
For Jewish settlers, Ariel Sharon, who spent much of his life building up the settlements, will only be remembered for one thing: the bitterly contested withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
To Iran, the United States was the “Great Satan,” while Washington slammed Tehran as a “rogue state” that was part of an “axis of evil.”
Palestinians on Saturday hailed the death of former Israeli premier Ariel Sharon, describing him as a “criminal” but regretting that he is now permanently beyond the reach of the law.